Emergency crews responded to a fire at 5:48 a.m. Thursday in Post Falls and say the fire’s origins are suspicious in nature.
Upon arrival, crews saw heavy smoke coming from the eves of a barn-type building about 2,500 square feet in size, said Jim Lyon, a Kootenai County Fire & Rescue spokesman. A second alarm was issued and crews from Coeur d’Alene and Northern Lakes also responded.
No one was in the building at the time and there were no reported injuries, Lyon said. There is extensive fire, smoke and water damage to the flooring and interior walls of the building, he said. The building was finished but had minimal furnishings and contents. The fire did little damage to the metal siding.
Crews are calling the fire’s origin suspicious and brought in an investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s office and an investigative canine team from Spokane Valley Fire, Lyon said. The canine, Mako, is a black Lab trained for fire investigation and accelerant detection.
Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department and State Fire Marshal’s office are continuing the investigation.